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Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering

group portrait of graduate students

In the front row from the left, Keon Garrett, Ellen Matson, Raven Osborn, and Antonio Tinoco Valencia; and in the back row from the left, Marian Ackun-Farmmer, Heta Gandhi, Adrian Molina Vargas, Shukree Abdul-Rashed, and Liz Daniele are among the founding members of the new Rochester chapter of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering. Learn more...

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Every few months, ADSE hold a diversity seminar lecture (DSL) series featuring STEM-related scientists from all over the world. To ensure that we have speakers from all different fields, we need your help! Take a few minutes and fill out the form below:

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Our Mission

The mission of the ADSE chapter at the University of Rochester is to increase the representation and visibility of underrepresented groups (women, African Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans, members of the LGBTQA community, people with disabilities, and DREAMers) in the STEM fields. The UR ADSE chapter will serve as a platform for the scholarship and professional development of minority students in the pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in STEM. Our goals are to connect scientists across our campus, showcase non-traditional career paths and minority experiences in academia, industry and government, and to educate students at all levels about opportunities in STEM.

2019 Executive Board and New Members

Antonio Tinoco-Valencia

Antonio Tinoco Valencia
4th year Chemistry PhD graduate student

Shukree Abdul-Rashed

Shukree Abdul-Rashed
3rd year Chemistry PhD graduate student

Marian Ackun-Farmmer

Marian Ackun-Farmmer
Public Relations Chair
4th year Chemistry PhD graduate student

Raven Osborn

Raven Osborn
2nd year Translational Biomedical Sciences PhD graduate student

Heta Gandhi

Heta Gandhi
Secretary/Graduate Student Association (GSA) representative
1st year Chemical Engineering PhD graduate student

Adrian Molina

Adrian Molina
Graduate Student Society (GSS) representative
1st year Biomedical Genetics PhD student

Kathering Adersh

Katherine Andersh
Microbiology PhD candidate

Zanah Francis

Zanah Francis
Neuroscience PhD candidate

Ellen Matson

Ellen Matson
Faculty advisor
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Liz Daniele

Liz Daniele
Staff advisor
Associate Director for Graduate Diversity

ASDE in the News

New grad student chapter tackles underrepresentation in STEM

University of Rochester Newscenter
Rochester becomes the 11th local chapter of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering, bringing graduate students together across disciplines.

How to address racial disparities in STEM majors and professions

WXXI Connections
A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester is leading an initiative that encourages more people of color to pursue STEM-related majors and professions.

Upcoming Events


Responses were for the following question: Why is having an organization, like ADSE, that advocates for the representation and visibility of underrepresented minority students in STEM important to you as a graduate or postdoctoral student at UR?

  • As an administrator is very important to me to see support and resources for ALL of our students. This is especially important
when our faculty and administrators don't yet reflect the diversity was currently have and strive for in our student body.  - Anonymous
  • Having a professional platform for students help convey the thoughts of the diverse community helps empower the community and help us be heard against issues relating to social justice, access to knowledge and etc. Plus a platform for students to connect with each other. -- Research Technician, Biomedical Engineering
  • 10/10 love this organization already!” – Graduate Student (M.S.)
  • “ADSE is dope. Keep doin' wut ya'll doin. -- PhD student, toxicology
  • ADSE is a wonderful platform to meet other people from under represented locations. Hope to have more of such meetings. -- Anonymous
  • We believe that ADSE is important because it allows underrepresented graduate students to have a voice. It also will contribute to increasing diversity and inclusion on this campus. As undergraduate students, it is enlightening to see that there is a network of dedicated minority students who would like to change the system at hand. Organizations like this could only improve our ever better community! -- Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Students, Class of 2019
  • I'm a woman of color in STEM. I grew up attending predominantly white schools all of my life. I was the only person of color in each and every one of my classes from 1st grade to 11th. I attended an engineering program at a PWI where again the ratio of people of color to caucasian people was extremely small. If it wasn't for the Center for Diversity and Engineering at my undergrad, I wouldn't have received the same support, gotten the same opportunities, met other culturally and racially diverse members of the engineering community. So I know all too well the value and the importance that having an outlet that supports diversity among the University provides. The country is a melting pot, and there's no reason why our community here among faculty, staff and students should reflect that and provide the resources that benefit us all. -- Environmental Medicine PhD Candidate
  • This would be a great way to meet and develop with other students that have a similar background to myself. This is so amazing that UR has this kind of support for the students! -- Aspiring PhD student
  • This would be a great way to know the community. -- Biomedical Engineering, PhD.